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Careers Advice

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of careers advisers employed by schools in each year between 1996-97 and 2005-06, broken down by school type. [111318]

Jim Knight [holding answer 25 January 2007]: The information requested is not collected centrally.


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Information from the November 2002 sample survey the Secondary Schools Curriculum and Staffing Survey (SSCSS) shows an estimated 1,500 full-time teachers in secondary schools were providing careers education, delivering an estimated 10,000 lesson periods of careers education.

Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much and what percentage of the annual budget of the Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service was spent on (a) bonuses, (b) entertainment and (c) training of staff in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [116707]


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Mr. Dhanda: These are matters for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS). Anthony Douglas, the Chief Executive, has written to the hon. Member with this information and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Anthony Douglas, dated 19 January 2007:

Budget Actual % of Budget

2005/06 Annual Budget

100,847,754.00

100

(a) Performance Related Bonuses

33,714.25

0.03

(b) Salaries

63,926,285.75

63

(c) Training

646,000.00

0.64


Child Asylum Seekers

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans his Department has to help local authorities with large numbers of unaccompanied asylum seeker children in care recruit extra fostering capacity. [110839]

Mr. Dhanda: The Government fund several initiatives to support the recruitment of foster carers: we fund foster care fortnight, which raises the profile of fostering. In 2005-06, we began funding a two year project to identify innovation in foster care recruitment.

In 2004 DFES produced a pack to help local authorities run targeted local campaigns to recruit new foster carers. Last year, we introduced a new national minimum allowance for foster carers, to help ensure that no foster carer is out of pocket as a result of caring for a looked after child or young person.

The ‘Care Matters’ Green Paper sets out further proposals to make fostering more attractive to potential carers and makes clear our intention to invest in locally delivered campaigns to recruit foster carers from a range of diverse backgrounds. We will incorporate specialist professional development options on caring for asylum seeking children within the training framework proposed in ‘Care Matters’.

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether his Department has made an assessment of the effects of the presence of points of entry in a local authority on the numbers of unaccompanied asylum seeker children that authority has the responsibility to care for. [110840]

Mr. Dhanda: I am aware from Home Office figures that unaccompanied asylum seeking children make applications both at ports of entry and, in the majority of cases, subsequently ‘in-country’ at Immigration and Nationality Department offices. Of the approximately 3,000 applications made in 2005, approximately 15 per cent. are made at points of entry and 85 per cent. are made ‘in-country’. The effect of this has been that the majority of such children are located in London and the South East of England.

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the unaccompanied asylum seeker children leaving care costs grant determination for local authorities with large numbers of asylum seeker care leavers following the issue of DFES circular 2005-15 and circular 2006-1. [110842]

Mr. Dhanda: The Department has recently made payments in respect of the 2005-06 former unaccompanied asylum seeking children care leavers grant, totalling in excess of £13 million. As provided for by the terms of the grant, those authorities supporting larger numbers of care leavers have received larger payments, in accordance with the number of young people supported by them, which has been the policy intention underpinning the grant since its first inception in 2004-05.

Child-in-need Assessments

Dr. Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether his Department has instructed local authorities to put out to tender the provision of (a) statutory assessments of young carers under the Children Act 1989 and (b) other statutory child in need assessments required under the Act. [116779]

Mr. Dhanda: The Department does not instruct local authorities to put out to tender either statutory assessments of young carers made under the Children Act 1989 or other statutory children in need assessments.


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Curriculum Online Content Advisory Board

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on how many occasions the Curriculum Online Content Advisory Board has met since March 2006. [111178]

Jim Knight: The Curriculum Online Content Advisory Board has met twice since March 2006. It met in December 2006 and January 2007.

Departmental Studies

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which studies have been commissioned by his Department from (a) external agencies, (b) companies, (c) academics and (d) individuals in 2006. [107162]

Alan Johnson: A complete answer to this question could be supplied only at disproportionate cost as the Department does not maintain a central record of all studies commissioned.

Education Maintenance Allowance

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people (a) applied for and (b) received an education maintenance allowance in 2006. [117467]


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Phil Hope: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate education maintenance allowances for the DFES and hold the information about take-up of the scheme. Mark Haysom, the council's chief executive, has written to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 30 January 2007:

Educational Attainment

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school leavers in England at key stage 4 have left with (a) no, (b) one, (c) two, (d) three, (e) four and (f) five passes in recognised qualifications since 1979. [112344]

Jim Knight: The information requested is not available for all years since 1979. The figures requested since 1997 are shown in the following table:

Number( 1) of 15-year-olds( 2) achieving no. one, two, three, four, and five passes at GCSE and equivalent in each year since 1997
Number of A*-G grades at GCSE and equivalent 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006( 3)

None

45,100

38,400

35,600

32,900

33,600

33,300

32,500

26,600

23,200

29,800

One

10,200

10,200

19,000

16,700

10,100

9,800

8,700

10,000

10,300

10,400

Two

6,900

6,600

12,100

11,000

7,000

7,200

7,300

8,300

8,300

8,500

Three

7,700

7,100

16,100

16,400

7,300

7,500

8,100

8,500

8,800

9,100

Four

9,800

8,900

8,300

8,400

9,500

9,600

10,300

10,800

11,100

11,300

Five

13,800

12,500

11,200

10,900

13,100

13,200

14,300

14,300

14,700

14,400

Five or more

507,579

504,800

519,600

521,300

536,300

539,600

550,800

571,400

567,000

580,000

Cohort size

586,800

575,200

581,000

580,400

603,300

606,600

622,100

643,600

633,400

645,900


The proportion of 15-year-olds achieving one or more passes and five or more passes at GCSE and equivalent in each year since 1997 is shown in the following table:

Percentage of 15-year-olds( 2) achieving at least one and at least five passes at GCSE and equivalent in each year since 1997
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006( 3)

5 or more A*-G grades at GCSE and equivalent

86.4

87.5

88.5

88.9

88.9

88.9

88.8

88.8

89.0

89.4

1 or more A* G grades at GCSE and equivalent

92.3

93.4

94.0

94.4

94.5

94.6

94.8

95.9

96.4

96.7

(1 )Figures are given to the nearest 100.
(2 )Pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year, i.e. 31 August.
(3 )2006 figures are revised. Figures for other years are final

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